Georgia Women in Law Lead: The Front Lines of Public Service

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 1:00pm
Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom

The Georgia Women in Law Lead (WILL) initiative continues with two panel discussions sponsored by the clinical faculty exploring women's roles in public service and a reception that will honor the women judges of Georgia's Western Judicial Circuit. The event is co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association.

Panel One: Walking the Talk: Lawyers Leading Through Public Service - 1:00 PM
This panel brings together experienced practitioners who have worked in diverse contexts including: government service, nonprofit advocacy and university-based community support. The panelists will explore several significant questions associated with advocacy in the public interest. What strategies can best advance the common good? What are the opportunities and challenges of working in different contexts, within government and outside it? What mix of service to individuals, communities and causes works best? What are the respective advantages of formal advocacy, regulatory planning and collaborative consensus building? The discussion will enrich attendees understanding of the various pathways and methods for lawyers to act in the public interest.

Moderator: Eleanor Lanier, Director, Mediation Practicum and Clinical Professor of Law, UGA School of Law

Panelists: Paula Fredrick, General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia; Nancy Lindbloom, Georgia Legal Services Program (retired); Kathleen Pacious, Deputy Attorney General, General Litigation, Office of the Attorney General of Georgia; and Raye Rawls, Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, UGA.

Panel Two:  Courtroom as Classroom: Lessons from Front Line Judges - 2:30 PM
For so many people, the only opportunity to learn about the legal system occurs when they must present a case to a judge whose decision can change their lives. Nowhere is this more true than in Georgia’s non-jury courts that deal with a high volume of cases, many with unrepresented parties. This panel will discuss the experience of judges in front line courts as a source of education, not just for parties but also for students and other observers. The panel will also assess the lessons that front line judging can offer on how these courts affect their communities and the delivery of justice in the legal system. 

Moderator: Elizabeth M. Grant (J.D.'94), Director, Public Interest Practicum and Instructor of Law, UGA School of Law

Panelists: Chief Judge Patricia Barron, Magistrate Court, Athens-Clarke County; Judge Kristin R. Miller (J.D.’95), Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings; Judge Susan P. Tate (J.D.’75), Probate Court, Athens-Clarke County; and Judge Velma C. Tilley (retired) (J.D.'78), Juvenile Court, Bartow County.     

Acknowledgment of Women Judges of the Western Judicial Circuit - 4:00 PM
The judges to be honored at the reception include: Chief Judge Patricia Barron, Magistrate Court, Athens-Clarke County; Judge Toni G. Pomerene, Magistrate Court, Athens-Clarke County; Judge Regina M. Quick (J.D.'87), Superior Court, Western Judicial Circuit; Judge Robin K. Shearer (J.D.'87), Juvenile Court, Western Judicial Circuit; Chief Judge Ethelyn N. Simpson (J.D.'90), State Court, Athens-Clarke County; Judge Susan P. Tate (J.D.'75), Probate Court, Athens-Clarke County; and Judge Amanda Trimble, Juvenile Court, Western Judicial Circuit.

Please RSVP for the reception.  

Attorneys may receive two hours of Continuing Legal Education credit (including one professionalism hour) by pre-registering at (706) 542-5213. 

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